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The Center for Rural Development is a catalyst for local, regional, and statewide economic, local, and educational development. Through our Leadership Focus Area, The Center empowers students, adults, cities, and counties with the tools to succeed. When success is attained, an improved quality of life will follow for all citizens.
The Center believes the region’s youth are the future. And in the words of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.” Through Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) youth programs, The Center helps middle and high school students develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. For more information, visit

Our Business & Community Training Center unites The Center’s array of current and future training, learning, and education solutions. These offerings provide individuals, businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs the job skills they need to positively impact the economy of their region, state, and ultimately, the nation.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants awarded by The Center’s Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program help cities and counties throughout the region create, refine, and execute strategic planning efforts that ensure future growth and development.